5-Ingredient Joyful Chocolate Bites
A few simple ingredients combine in these decadent, naturally-sweetened, 5-Ingredient Joyful Chocolate Bites.
You know that time after the dinner when the dishes are put away, the kids are in bed, and you settle in for the night to watch a good show, read a great book, or catch up on social media?
I look forward to that moment all day because it allows for a little rest and restorative time before heading to bed and rolling into the next day.
I’ll admit, though, that this time is also one of the trickiest.
Tricky because after settling into the couch for the nigh my mind immediately turns to sweets. Can you relate?
I’ve learned that it’s best not to keep sugary treats in the house because of these night-time craving, but that doesn’t mean I’m not always looking for a better option!
I’ve found over the years that the best way to deal with evening-time sweet cravings is to keep a few naturally-sweetened options on hand so I can indulge a little without adding refined sugar into the equation.
So when my friends Sonja and Alex over at A Couple Cooks shared a recipe for these Bliss Bites I knew I’d found a perfect solution.
What I love most about these little bites is how fantastically simple they are to prepare, that they contain only a few, minimally processed ingredients, and that they taste absolutely decadent.
I’ve adapted the original recipe quite a bit to include fewer ingredients and so that they can be prepared into a smaller serving size. They store perfectly in the fridge, or in the freezer if you prefer a cold treat.
I hope these little bites bring some joy to your evening ritual (or anytime of day.) Now, let’s make some 5-Ingredient Joyful Chocolate Bites!
RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS
1 | Use peanut butter in place of almond butter, or substitute sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.
2 | Use any toppings you like and have on hand.
3 | I like to use a silicone candy mold for this recipe because the bites come out easily and because I prefer the smaller portion size.
If you don’t have a silicone mold, mini-cupcake liners will also work. You can use regular cupcake liners as well, just keep in mind the the serving size will be larger.
THIS RECIPE IS . . .
Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, naturally sweetened, refined sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo friendly
5-Ingredient Joyful Chocolate Bites
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 7 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- For topping: toasted, unsweetened coconut, chopped toasted almonds, and/or cacao nibs (optional)
- Add all the ingredients (cocoa powder through salt) to a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until all the ingredients are just melted and combined. Remove from heat.
- Carefully spoon 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate mixture into a silicone candy mold or mini-cupcake liners.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or freeze for 15 to 20 minutes until set. Store refrigerated or frozen.
So simple, so delicious. These are the perfect little things I need when those late night (and mid morning, and afternoon…) cravings hit. Just the right amount of indulgence!
Karly, yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed these! 🙂
I couldn’t help but eat one when it was barely set. This is so good. I put these in mini heart shaped silicon cups which will be great for Valentine’s Day!
When do you put the toppings on so they stick and don’t sink in?
Melissa, I’m with you on taking a few from the fridge before they’re set! I love the idea of doing these in heart shapes. So cute! If you’re having trouble with the toppings falling to the bottom, try refrigerating the bites for a half an hour or so before sprinkling on the toppings. 🙂
These are amazing, and especially great frozen! Thanks for another great recipe!
Rebecca, yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂
Hello, ist the almond butter you use also selfmade ?
Isabelle, I used store bought almond butter, but I image homemade would also work!
OMG Robyn these are delicious! This recipe will definitely become one of our go to staple treats!
So good, right Daniela? Happy you’re enjoying this one! 🙂
I loveeee these! I probably make a batch every two weeks they are so good! Do you think honey would work as a sweetnee instead of maple syrup?
Anne, So glad you’re enjoying these. Yes, I do think honey will work!
Hi! I wanted to send these as a gift to my in-laws through the mail! Do you think they are ok once set to then send? Maybe keep them in the freezer and then send with an ice pack or do they set enough to not be kept refrigerated? Thanks for your help! -Steph
What a sweet gift, Steph! I think, yes, freeze first, and add an ice pack. As long as you’re not sending them somewhere warm I’m thinking they should be okay. 🙂
Mmmm delicious! Like a healthier Reese’s cup (probably because I only had peanut, not almond, butter). So simple and yet so good! Thanks for sharing.
Kate, ohhhh, I love the idea of using peanut butter in these. Definitely trying it that way next time! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!